Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Mariners Blow Lead, Rally in 9th to

Mariners Blow Lead, Rally in 9th to

Let's start with what it wasn't.

This could have been a disaster.

"I know Dyson is fast, so I just tried to get a pitch to hit", Heredia said with batting practice pitcher Nasusel Cabrera as his translator. From the seventh inning on, I was in the cage hitting. "I'm ready for this".

Chicago rallied also thanks to the long ball.

"It all kind of snowballed on me, and that's kind of what I've been avoiding this whole year", Swarzak said. "I guess I was bailing out of the way". "In this game, sometimes you don't need a good swing. You've just got to remember that".

Dyson's speed paid off when he reached second on Chooch Ruiz's grounder to third. The right-hander pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and one walk.

Heredia pinch-hit for Ben Gamel to provide a right-handed bat against Jennings (2-1) and punched a single to right.

"He's his most comfortable than at any point in his day when he's on first base", Mariners manager Scott Servais said, "because everybody else is uncomfortable".

"And a number of our guys hit better at home. He stayed inside a slider coming in on him".

Seattle reliever Nick Vincent (2-1) settled the shaky bullpen with a ideal ninth inning to get the victory. The Mariners have won three of four since suffering a four-game sweep last weekend at Toronto.

With the team about to take to the road to visit the NL's top two teams in the Nationals and Rockies, and the ever-competitive Red Sox in between, a series win against a mediocre Chicago White Sox team would certainly sit well.

White Sox trainer Herm Schneider and manager Rick Renteria came out to check on Covey, who remained in the game after a couple of warmup pitches to make sure he was OK. "That puts the icing on the cake". Gaviglio was the 10th Mariner pitcher to start a game this season, the most in the majors.

"It's been exactly two weeks since my last start", he said. I just want to keep it simple. He turned things over to a flailing Dan Altavilla, who proceeded to toss up consecutive dingers to Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson, tying the game and erasing Sam Gaviglio's decision.

Taylor Motter led off the ninth with a single against Chicago reliever Dan Jennings (2-1).

Dyson also played a big role as the Mariners extended their lead to 4-0 in the fifth. The 360-foot drive into the right-field seats was Dyson's second homer of the season - which matched a career high. With two outs, Dyson slapped a single into left field and then stole second and third.

"If I could have an at-bat back that would be just it, and I would get right after him", Covey said of walking Ruiz.

At least the home run meant that the two Dyson stolen bases that inning were meaningless, but it had already been preceded by the speedy center fielder's low liner clearing the right field wall for a solo shot in the third. That snatched a first big-league victory away from Gaviglio.

Seattle Mariners' Jean Segura (2) is greeted at the plate by Jarrod Dyson after Segura hit a three-run home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Seattle.

-After back-to-back outings with a home run allowed, Tommy Kahnle held the tie with two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth.

Athletics 8, Red Sox 3: Oakland's Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis hit first-inning homers to spoil Hector Velazquez's major league debut.

There are times when Mariners shortstop Jean Segura seems to believe he can hit any pitch no matter where it's thrown.

White Sox: CF Leury Garcia left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a bruised right elbow after getting hit by a pitch in the top half of the inning. J.D. Martinez hit a three-run shot in the third for the Tigers, who ended a streak of eight straight quality starts by Bundy (5-2) to start the season.

The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network.

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